Injury is often our body’s way of telling us that we are doing too much and haven’t been listening for the signs that our body is screaming at us. I have been constantly trying to fit everything in and neglecting some areas which were important to my “self” and overall well being. Finally this has all culminated in a lower back injury which has opened me up to all the stress, anger, fear, resentment and other emotions that I had allowed to bottle up and manifest over the last year. Nothing feels more primal than pain and fear...
Pain was the release and hopefully the start of my healing process and as my wife stated yesterday the break will give me a chance to rebuild myself along the pathways that I preach to others who are looking at starting their own personal health/fitness journeys. Damn my wife really knows what to say sometimes (actually more often than not she is my voice of reason and generally brings to light what I know is the right and true path).
Anyway, as this experiment was about tracking nutritional ketosis and athletic performance with the change in circumstances and a necessary break from training I’ll rethink how I’m planning on collecting data to track how changes in blood ketones and/or blood sugar effects me in different ways.
So looking at new ways to aid in my learning about my nutritional ketosis experiment I’ll need to collect other data.
According to the Quantified Self 101 the following lessons are important in the self-experimentation process:
- doing something is better than doing nothing, the best way to learn is to do
- to start something keep it simple and manageable to provide an insight
- don’t be afraid of failure. Mistakes often result in great discoveries and knowledge.
- use the social network to engage and seek help from others
Guiding Principles of QS
The three guiding principles that need to be addressed:
- What did you do?
- How did you do it?
- What did you learn?
It is recommended that the simplest way to get started is to focus on the last principle and think about "What you hope to learn from this?".
As my initial question was "How does nutritional ketosis affect my athletic performance?", I will now simply ask the question "How does nutritional ketosis affect me?". Quite a broad question I know but for now I'll keep it at that and track what I can simply - weight, resting heart rate, mood, sleep, energy, food intake, blood ketones, etc.
More to come...